Sunday, January 13, 2013

Day 13- Listening

I try to listen to what my children are saying. Not hear what they are saying, but listen...really listen. Nonetheless, I still catch myself doing the whole "yeah, hmm, uh huh, cool..." thing, but not really listening. When this happens, I stop whatever I'm doing (this usually means putting my phone down), I look into their eyes as they speak to me -- and I do my best, my honest best, to give them a genuine and thoughtful response to whatever they've said. You wouldn't believe how hard this is to do. It is so tempting to half-listen or half-respond. It is so tempting to let my mind wander to the next thing on my to-do list, but I feel that listening (closely) is one of the most simple, yet most profound ways, I can serve my children. 


  1. This is a very good reminder! We live in what I call an "instant gratification generation" and our phones, pad and computers are a central part of our lives. I definitely have to remember to LISTEN and encourage my kids to stop and listen as well. My husband and I realized we were holding many conversations with one or the other busy and walking about. We now make an effort to stop and listen. It's so nice!

  2. Good point! This doesn't just apply to our children, but to our spouses as well!!